What they said on day 25 of the campaign

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WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 25 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

THE BEST LINE

"I think a hung parliament is probably better for democracy ... you try and make (laws) better."

- Independent senator Jacqui Lambie.

SCOTT MORRISON

"I understand that there'll be decisions that people won't have liked, but that's what being prime minister requires."

- On the election not being a popularity contest.

"I don't believe we have a magic pen that makes wages go up or prices go down ... you need responsible economic management."

- On managing inflation.

"A vote for independents is a vote for parliamentary chaos."

- On the independent candidates challenging Liberal MPs in seats across NSW and Victoria.

ANTHONY ALBANESE

"The objective isn't to move house, my objective is to change the country and I'm not getting ahead of myself in any of that."

- On Labor's bid for election on May 21.

"(This government) wasted a decade when it comes to fixing the (power) grid, because ... they've campaigned against renewables. They've actually said that renewables will increase costs, the truth is that renewables will lower costs."

- On Labor's plan to reduce emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 and create 600,000 clean energy jobs.

"One of the big issues of this election campaign is the quality of the spend. What we will do is cut back on the waste and the rorts of this government."

- On Labor's commitment to reassess government spending.

THE SUPPORT CAST

"I'm happy to take fair criticism about the Liberal Party's positions on certain policies and not everyone in this room will agree with what the Liberal Party has done, particularly over the last three very difficult years, but I am who I am."

- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg during a debate against Monique Ryan, an independent candidate challenging him for his Melbourne seat of Kooyong.

"To hear some politician - especially one whose party stuffed up Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Solomons - criticising me and my colleagues is outrageous. It's all the more absurd when you remember that some of the crossbenchers have actually served in the defence and intelligence services."

- Independent MP Andrew Wilkie on the prime minister warning Australians not to vote for independent candidates as it would threaten national and economic security.

"This is a wealthy and generous country. We've always been generous people. And I think our attitude to refugees and asylum seekers in the last 10 or 15 years has been a shame to our country."

- Independent candidate Monique Ryan on her commitment to influence government to end offshore detention for refugees and increase Australia's refugee intake if elected.

REAL PEOPLE

"He needs a bit of practice but he did better than I expected."

- Barista Samantha in the seat of Hughes assesses Mr Morrison's coffee-making skills.

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